Album Review: Heron Oblivion

April 30, 2016
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avatars-000193681518-c51m2e-t500x500By: Christopher Schuler

 

Heron Oblivion was formed in 2013 by a quartet of psychedelic-rock veterans. Their debut album fuses the pastoral and melodic leanings of drummer and singer Meg Baird with the rest of the band’s more aggressive roots. The result is seven drawn-out, jammy songs that veer between airy guitar lines and Sister Ray-style insanity.

It’s easy to spot the band’s influences. The Velvet Underground are an obvious starting point for the noisier parts of the sound, as is Sonic Youth. They also seem to draw from multiple aspects of Jefferson Airplane, the folksy hippies and the shredding space cadets. This is especially apparent in Baird, whose vocals have an acid-soaked majesty that would make Grace Slick proud.

This definitely won’t be an album for everyone, but if you have a penchant for noise or psychedelia, it’s one you shouldn’t miss. <i>Heron Oblivion<i> might be the headiest 45 minutes cut to wax in years.

 

4/5 Scissors

 

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